Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Eid Mubarak / Selamat Hari Raya

I have no problem about not having a proper kampung to go to during Eid. To me, Selangor/KL is indeed my kampung.

After all, kampung is where your family is. :)

My sister comes all the way from the east coast with her family to Selangor to celebrate Eid with us. My siblings gather here to meet my parents, where we all meet up, talk, share stories, reminisce, eat, take pictures and everything that others can also do in their respective kampungs. The plus point for us is to practically have the whole city (KL/Selangor) to ourselves. We do not need to stress out about the traffic while going balik kampung, though some would say that driving long hours is part of the 'Raya adventure.' Well, to each his own. I prefer staying here though :P

Anyway, talk about reminiscing good memories, I remember well enough how my family is always different from other people. Since kampung is not what we have, especially when my grandparents  passed away quite early, we preferred to be away during Eid.

We used to travel and be somewhere that not many people would want to go to during festive seasons. We went to Pulau Redang, we even went to Batu Feringghi and many other touristy areas just to be together as a family. Moreover, flight tickets during Eid are much cheaper compared to other period. It didn't matter that we didn't have ketupat on our 1st or 2nd raya. It didn't matter if we didn't have people coming over to our house on the 1st week of raya. We were just glad that we were together. One time about 3 years back, we even went to One Utama all dressed up with our 'baju raya' on the first day itself. Imagine us wearing the complete baju raya with the same colour theme. It really invited a lot of stares from people around. :P

Now that my my sister has a son, my brother has a daughter and my parents have me (eh?), we prefer to stay home and celebrate Eid the normal way. Since the last 4 Eids, we have a colour theme to wear on our 1st or 2nd raya. We eat Malay raya food like how others usually do (It's such a relief not to have to look for available restaurants just to eat... it's pretty tough to find a Malay restaurant during Eid. >.<). We take pictures of the whole family in the same colour and post it in the social media, also like how others would do. (eh?)

Anyway, no matter how we celebrate Eid, it is a big day for us Muslims. It is a day of celebration, and a gift from Allah s.w.t to us after successfully fasting the whole month of Ramadhan. Celebrate wisely, and pray that our ibadah is also istiqamah throughout the 11 months before the next Ramadhan comes again. (Also pray that we are able to meet the next Ramadhan).

It is also useful to remind each and everyone to plan the food intake wisely while visiting relatives' and friends' houses. Or else, the kilos drop during the fasting month will be.. rather wasted. :P

Okiee... Lots of love from me to all. Selamat Hari Raya to all Muslims in the whole world. May Allah accept all our acts of ibadah during Ramadhan and also during any other time. In shaa Allah :)

Maaf Zahir dan Batin people! :)

 From all of us, in Yellow :)

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

A token of appreciation

I have never traveled as frequent as these past 2 years. Since my sister has moved to the east coast of Malaysia, taking a flight to visit her is almost a normal thing. Well, driving is never an option anymore nowadays as my parents are not keen to be in the car anything more than 3 hours. As long as we plan things ahead and buy the flight tickets early, the price won't be that expensive. 

Despite being used to traveling, being in a plane or even in a car for that matter, makes me uncomfortable almost all the time. Since small I have been the one with a weak tummy. Due to that, my parents would never forget to bring a plastic bag for me just in case an emergency strikes during our long trips to anywhere.

Although now I am becoming more resilient towards motion sickness, bumpy rides never fail to scare me a bit. They make me think of all the negative possibilities that might happen to me at that moment. I might appear cool by reading something or act as if I am sleeping, but only Allah knows how my mind runs wild to the extend that I think that it would be my last time traveling.

At that very moment, I would start remembering of all the things I have achieved and the dreams that have yet been fulfilled. I would start thinking of all the things I should and should not have done, the people whom I love and the people whom I've taken granted for. My head would spin and my stomach would make unstoppable flips. Almost every bit and pieces of my life would flash right in front of my eyes.

At times like that I would silently make some prayers. Hoping that Allah will give me yet another chance to change anything that can be changed. When the turbulence ends, I would be so relieved and hope the journey ends soon. Nothing makes me happier than having my two feet firm on the ground again.

I see traveling from a different perspective nowadays. Not only it broadens my view by looking at the places I travel to, but it also keeps on reminding me of the things I have and should be appreciative of.

Every single little thing leads to another, and I believe firmly that we are the ones that control our own lives. If we are determined of making a change,we should definitely do it and never wait till the last minute. If we have people that we might want to show our appreciation, make it now, make it everyday if it is possible.

I was browsing through my facebook newsfeed this morning and saw this quote at MIX fm:

Appreciation is the fuel for achievement! 

How true is that? Even as an employee I would love to be appreciated. Why find faults when we know showing appreciation is more fruitful? Hurm...with that, I would like to take this opportunity to express my short token of appreciation here. Well, here goes... :)

To all my family, friends and people who are close to me, far away or even those who I have never even met probably, sincerely I appreciate your presence. You might not see what you may have contributed to my life, but indeed, being there or just being a part of my life is good enough. Thank you and may Allah bless you and protect you from any harm. :)